We bring together talent and expertise from across the University of Minnesota to use stem cell biology to advance regenerative medicine therapies for devastating disorders and to provide education and training for the stem cell scientists of tomorrow.


Our Research

We depend on the variety of knowledge and expertise from faculty and departments across the University and beyond to pursue the collaborative goal of using stem cell technology to change the practice of regenerative medicine.

SCI scientists are making progress in finding treatments for spine and brain injury, heart damage, vision loss, diabetes, genetic disorders, cancer, and the need for organ and skin replacement. Learn more about:

Our Education Programs

The bioscience and medical industries and academic research programs need intelligent, engaged, well-trained talent to fill jobs in the rapidly expanding field of regenerative medicine. The Stem Cell Institute prepares students who are ready to meet this need and who are eager to move the next generation of research forward. Learn more about our graduate programs:

  • John E. Wagner, MD


  • Troy Lund, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor

  • Jonathan Slack, PhD

    Professor Emeritus

  • In the News

    T32 Trainees and PI, Jonathan Marchant
    July 17, 2017

    The Stem Cell Institute NIH Trainees hosted a successful satellite symposium on July 13th at the Society for Developmental Biology Annual meeting held in Minneapolis over the weekend of July 13-17, 2017. 

    Reuben Harris photo
    July 11, 2017

    Congratulations to Reuben Harris, a member of the Stem Cell Institute and professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, who was recently recognized as a Distinguished McKnight University Professor.  The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status. Recipients hold the title “Distinguished McKnight University Professor” for as long as they remain employed at the University of Minnesota.

    Tim O'Brien photo
    May 31, 2017

    Dr. Timothy O'Brien, UMN professor and Stem Cell Institute member, recently commented on a product, Cell-Mate 3D, that is produced in Two Harbors, MN by BRTI.  He described his work growing "cerebral organoids, not just brain cells, as has been done before, but fully formed, albeit microscopic, brain structures" in this relatively new three-dimensional medium rather than the traditional flat, hard bottom of a petri dish."  "This is potentially really important because they could be used for development of drugs for neurological problems — to check for toxic effects of drugs," said the University of Minnesota professor and member of the school's Stem Cell Institute. "What we're forming is much more like a real brain than what people have had access to before."  

    Andrew Grande photo
    May 23, 2017

    Andrew Grande, M.D. of the UMN Medical School, Department of Neursurgery, and Stem Cell Institute faculty member discusses stroke awareness month on Sunday, May 14 on Roshini Rajkumar's WCCO radio show.  He shares information about strokes and educates the audience about what to do if someone thinks they are having a stroke.

    Weekly Research Conference

    Meets weekly in Room 1-110
    McGuire Translational Research Facility (MTRF, next to Lion's Research Building)
    [map] [shuttle schedule]

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 4:00pm

    MicroRNA-mediated control of midgut regeneration in drosophila

    Masahiko Takemura photo

    Masahito Takemura, PhD
    Post Doc
    Nakato Lab

    University of Minnesota

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 4:00pm

    Investigating the two waves of thymic negative selection

    Thera Lee photo

    Thera Lee, PhD
    T-32 Trainee
    Hogquist Lab

    University of Minnesota